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    • X-Rite Discontinues Old Spectrodensitometers

      X-Rite

      X-Rite, one of the leaders in color matching hardware, has decided to make the move to drop a large selection of spectrodensitometers from their product portfolio. This move has been made in order to help promote their new product, the X-Rite eXact. The X-Rite eXact is X-Rite's newest revolutionary spectrodensitometer designed with productivity in mind. The eXact introduces a wealth of new features into X-Rite's spectrodensitometer lineup. Included in the list of discontinued spectrodensitometers are the following:

      Discontinued Spectro eXact Replacement Model
      X-Rite 518 X-Rite eXact Densitometer
      X-Rite 528 X-Rite eXact Standard
      X-Rite 530 X-Rite eXact Standard
      X-Rite 939 X-Rite eXact Advanced
      X-Rite DensiEye 700 X-Rite eXact Densitometer
      X-Rite SpectroEye LT X-Rite eXact Standard
      X-Rite SpectroEye X-Rite eXact Advanced

      If you're the proud owner of one of these devices, or you were planning on buying one, fret not, as X-Rite has already announced that they will be continuing support and service for all of the aforementioned models until 2020 (7 years after the discontinuation date). If you've been debating purchasing one of these devices, however, you may want to look into the X-Rite eXact equivalent. The eXact is the latest hardware from X-Rite, and it boasts quite a few new features including:

      eXact Features

      X-Rite eXact

      • Industry first color touch screen display that simplifies device operation
      • Range of product configurations that scale to meet business needs
      • Color pass/fail reporting against industry standards
      • Un-tethered calibration, specification, and data capturing
      • Embedded Pantone libraries for access to industry-leading color reference standards.
      • Expanded on device storage allows for job presets and color libraries to be saved
      • BestMatch offers a fast way to accurately measure ink colors throughout the press run

      The eXact comes in three different flavors: the densitometer, the standard, and the advanced. If you want to figure out which model is the best fit for you, visit our product listing to see the features of each. With the discontinuation of these spectrodensitometers, there's no better time than now to upgrade to the latest, greatest technology from X-Rite.

    • Caldera Releases Version 9.10 of RIP software

      Caldera has long been a highly acclaimed name in the world of RIP software. They have brought many useful pieces of software into the industry, and with the new version of their already famous RIP software, they have provided the community with even more great tools to help improve the quality of our workflow. With all of the amazing new features that have found their way into this version of Caldera's RIP software, mastering your RIP is easier than ever before.
      Caldera V9.1

      New Included Features of V9.10

      • Multi-Page Collate
      • Raster2PDF
      • Japanese Language Support

      Multi-Page Collate

      Multi-Page PDF printing is becoming an ever present norm in today's wide-format printing workflow. Caldera has realized this truth and has introduced all new multi-page collation features in their new version of the software. With the new collation options available in this software, you can now set your output documents to be either fully assembled (all pages 1-x) or printed in sequential order (all page 1's, all page 2's, etc.). No more sifting through thousands of papers to find what you need.

      Other Included Features

      With the launch of this new software, Caldera has incorporated plenty of other features to assist with the usability of their software. With the new Raster2PDF feature, size limitations for certain raster files (namely TIFF's) have been removed. This improves the performance of raster files by using performance benefits provided by the APPE engine. Also, this new version introduces support for the Japanese language. Not only did Caldera decide to support Japanese in this version of the software, but they are also providing extensive Japanese documentation on their software. These new features are included standard with all new copies of Caldera RIP software.
      PB Screen

      New Available Options in V9.10

      • Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.6
      • VisualCut+
      • Process Standard Verifier
      • Textile Step & Repeat
      • EasyMedia OBC
      • PrintBoard

      VisualCut

      VisualCut+

      With the release of this new version of Caldera's famous software, many improvements and additions have been made to the VisualCut module. This module has already proven itself to be a great time saver, and thanks to the new additions made by Caldera, this software is a productivity powerhouse.

      • Enhanced GUI
      • New preview mode with all new features
      • Customization and saving of cutting tools
      • New cut drivers

      Textile Step & Repeat

      Creating seamless images for the sake of textiles and other print industries can be a very daunting task. Caldera aims to decrease the stress brought about by this task with the introduction of their new Textile Step & Repeat module. The S&R module is capable of perfectly optimizing pattern repetition so you don't have to. You can now control pattern repetition by applying the right shifts. The new integrated "Detect Drop" button will automatically compute the correct drop to apply. This new feature can be found in Caldera's textile optimized RIP solutions, VisualTEX+ and GrandTEX+.

      Process Standard Verifier

      The new Process Standard Verifier incorporated in this version of Caldera's RIP software can help users ensure conformity to FOGRA certification of their printing press. The verifier can build a compliancy report with the following standards:
      Process Control

      • ISO 12647-2
      • ISO 12647-7
      • ISO 12647-8
      • PSD Absolute (Process Standard Digital)
      • PSD Relative (Process Standard Digital)
      • PSO (Process Standard Offset)


      And Many More!

      There are many other useful additional options that you can add to the latest version of this software. The Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.6 enables you to decrease the processing time of RIPs, ensure print consistency, streamline complex document production, and enhance Acrobat compatibility. EasyMedia OBC is a new add on to EasyMedia that was also released with this new update. EasyMedia OBC enables management of the optical brighteners compensation process, and the creation of profiles that take optical brighteners into consideration. The new PrintBoard plugin for Variable Display allows users of Caldera’s RIP software to show an overview of their production activity on screen for anyone to see, with information including which files have recently been added to the spooler, and the number of square meters processed daily by the RIP. With all of the new features added in version 9.10 by Caldera, it can be difficult to find a reason not to upgrade. If you'd like to browse our selection of Caldera 9.10 software, feel free to take a look at our product pages:

      GrandRIP+
      VisualRIP+

    • Alwan Releases PRINT Verifier X v2.5.0

      Print VerifierAlwan's Print Verifier has been a long time favorite of quality control operators.  RPImaging is happy to announce that Alwan has released a newer version of this useful software.  Controlling and certifying print documents is now easier than ever before thanks to the new features available in this release of PRINT Verifier.  Some of the new features include:

      • New assessment methods
      • New supported instruments
      • New imported file format
      • New functionality

      New Assessment Methods

      Alwan has introduced new assesssment methods to bring their software up to spec with industry standards. Thanks to the revisions made, all of the following is now possible:

      • G7® Gray Balance + CMYK Solids assessment
      • ISO 12647-2 + G7® Gray Balance (informative) assessment
      • ISO 12647-3 + G7® Gray Balance (informative) assessment

      New Supported Instruments

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      X-Rite is a leader in color management hardware, and one of the wisest moves that Alwan made with the release of it's new software is the addition of support for more X-Rite instruments. With the latest version of PRINT Verifier, you can now use these devices with your software:

      New Imported File Format

      The new version of PRINT Verifier now has support for a new file format. With this update, you can now import X-Rite CxF3 file format (Color Exchange Format 3.0). This new file format support greatly increases productivity by eliminating downtime due to file format conversions.

      New Functionality

      If the other new benefits weren't enough to sell you on this software, the functionality incorporated in this version is guaranteed to make you want to upgrade. Some of the many perks of this new software include the following:

      • Import of custom control strips with CBL format (from X-Rite IntelliTrax software)
      • Substrate Corrected Color Aims (SCCA)
      • Support of measurement files containing one or more spot colors.

      General Improvements

      On top of the wealth of added features, Alwan has taken this opportunity to make improvements to their already existing functionality as follows:
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      • New G7® Targeted reports containing NPDC, w∆L and F criteria
      • New default Alwan_M_i1P_4C_MT_1R_246.5_G7_v2.0 control strip
      • New default P2P25 chart
      • Imported control strip can be deleted now
      • Minor bug and UI fixes

      Summary

      With all of the new features incorporated in the latest release of PRINT Verifier, it's easy to see how this software could greatly improve your workflow. RPImaging welcomes the introduction of PRINT Verifier X v2.5.0, and we feel this software is guaranteed to make an impact on the market.

    • Techkon Introduces the SpectroDens Premium

      SpectroDensSince the release of the original SpectroDens in 2007, the way we measure color has never been the same.  When Techkon released this fast, accurate color measurement device for color quality control in all print environments, they introduced a wealth of abilities into the world of color measurement.  Quality managers are able to quickly check color accuracy using Pass/Fail, and with Techkon’s unique Ink Check feature, that specifies specific ink density adjustments to bring color into customer specified tolerances, measurement has never been the same.  This innovator in quality isn't giving up there, however.  Techkon has once again surprised its customers with the release of the next generation of their famous product line, the SpectroDens Premium.  Techkon is a global leader in the manufacturing of densitometers, spectrophotometers, and software solutions, and it comes as no surprise to hear they've once again stormed the market with a great revision of their already outstanding hardware.

      Designed With Productivity in Mind

      SpectroDens Premium
      The latest version of Techkon's famed hardware features some very exciting new features, such as a more compact design, improved ergonomics, wireless capabilities, and a high resolution color display.  All of these new features come together to provide an easier, more pleasant experience to the operator.  By utilizing a high resolution color display, the SpectroDens improves productivity by providing the operator with a visual representation of CIE L*a*b* values.  The new wireless capabilities enable the operator to more easily take measurements without the need to be tethered to a computer.  Another great feature of this sleek new product is the addition of tracking wheels on the bottom of the device.  These wheels assist in shortening scan measurements of color control bars by keeping the device perfectly aligned with the bar.  When coupled with the excellent service provided by Techkon, it's hard to find a reason not to upgrade.

      Industry Innovators

      Techkon

      Techkon is committed to customer satisfaction. The new generation SpectroDens shows just how much Techkon is committed to developing color measurement solutions to better serve all customers’ needs for quality, efficiency and accuracy. Every product that they produce is of the highest quality standards. With the introduction of the SpectroDens Premium, the Techkon family is becoming ever more influential in the way we measure the world around us. Other Techkon products include the SpectroJet, SpectroDrive, SpectroPlate, ES5000, and SpectroEdge. If you're interested in purchasing the SpectroDens Premium, or simply learning more about it, check out our product listing HERE.

    • Caldera RIP v9 and Mac 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

      Caldera RIP has officially released a Mac 10.8 compatible version of their popular RIP software Caldera GrandRIP+ and Caldera VisualRIP+. You must install Caldera v9.00-A version to be compatible. Caldera v9.00-A uses XQuartz instead of X11 which was included in previous Mac OS. X11 is no longer included in Mountain Lion release. X11 can still be downloaded separately but is no longer included.
      Contact Us for assistance with Caldera upgrades.

    • Techkon ChromaQA

      Cloud Based Color Quality Assurance Software

      The Techkon ChromaQA is currently in beta. Techkon has projected a September release date for the ChromaQA.

      Techkon ChromaQA enables digital, flexographic, and packaging printers to clearly identify unacceptable color, density and dot gain variations at every point during print production. ChromaQA’s Cloud version offers the ability to remotely create, edit and monitor print jobs, color libraries and quickly determine how well a print job is performing from virtually anywhere in the world via the Internet or company internal Intranet, in real-time.

      Techkon ChromaQA Product Diagram

      What is the ChromaQA Solution

      Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

      ChromaQA Standard

      The standard version is for singer user installations that do not require remote access.

      ChromaQA Cloud

      The cloud is built specifically for larger businesses with multiple presses and print facilities to manage custom jobs remotely via the internet. With the ChromaQA Cloud you can govern the color quality of countless jobs in real time, multiple locations using either web browser, smart phone or a tablet.

      Managing Color Libraries

      Easily build, edit and govern countless color libraries using the versatile color library management system. Doing this you can ensure that a print job being printed on multiple presses or in a multiple facilities is using the same target reference color tolerance and values. With this highly compatible software you can now import and export color libraries to common formats:

      Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

      • MIF
      • CXF
      • CXF3
      • TCB
      • INK
      • Excel CSV
       

      Monitoring the Press Run

      The ChromaQA Cloud edition enables an operator to setup four levels of permissions: Level 1 is designed for the administrator and allows unlimited access to manage all files on the server. The Administrator can add, edit or delete users and configure Levels 2, 3 and 4 permissions to provide users with varying levels of access. This edition can be installed on a company’s Intranet or hosted by Techkon. Throughout the press run, ChromaQA collects color data and displays an intuitive graphic and numeric display of the measured colors on the monitor. The data can be viewed in multiple formats including:

      Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

      The ChromaQA Cloud edition allows a user to configure 4 levels of administration. Level 1 is built for the administrator and grants full access to all files available on the server. The other 3 levels of permissions can be fully customized the administrator. The admin can then modify, erase or create new users, adjusting their custom permissions as he/she sees fit. This edition can be hosted directly from Techkon or on a company's Intranet. Throughout the press process the ChromaQA gathers data relating directly to color quality.

      • Single Sheet Snap Shot – up-to-the-minute reporting of print job performance – either via the Internet or company Intranet. Report includes delta E, density and dot gain derivation from the tolerance values.
      • L* a* b* Color – visual color analysis displays the target reference color against the printed sample color, alerting the operator to an out-of-tolerance condition, and recommending an action to correct the deviation.
      • Statistical Reporting – generate detailed reports for a single press run, or multiple press runs of a job, for internal quality control personnel, press room manager or the print specifier.
      • Trending – ChromaQA provides a unique analytic tool letting users run in-depth trend analysis of specific colors in print jobs that are printed on multiple presses, across different facilities and that are printed on a recurring basis. Follow the performance trend of these jobs over time and easily identify areas that need improvement, such as ink supply issues, press specific mechanical problems or overall improvement in process control guidelines.
      • Exporting – reports printed or exported to PDF or Excel CSV format.

      Click here to watch a video.

    • Barbieri Spectropad Awarded

      The Barbieri Spectropad has won the EDP Technical Committee Award 2012 for their infamous Spectropad. This prestigious award confirms once again that the Barbieri Spectropad meets the highest level of innovation and uniqueness.

      The SpectroPad is showcased at the Drupa BARBIERI booth in Hall 7.0 Booth A23.

      Barbieri SpectroPad Wins EDP Technical Committee Award 2012

      What is the Spectopad?

      The Barbieri Spectropad is the standard in portable hand-held spectrophotometers. With a 6mm measuring aperture this is the perfect tool for measuring the color of a wide variety of different medias from large to grand format. Being battery operated with WiFi data transmission this is one of the few color measurement devices that allow you to print without a computer. With an integrated touch screen you will fall in love with the simplicity and elegance of this amazing product.

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    • Digital Info's Double-sided Imposition Proofer & Printer

      Digital Information continues to raise the bar in quality, performance and innovation. They have announced plans to reveal an unprecedented print concept during Drupa on May 3 - 16. A double-sided imposition proofer and inkjet printer known as the PP490. Using this state of the art impo-proofer you will now have the ability to automate the output of double-sided:

      Digital Infomations Double-Sided Imposition Proofer and Inkjet Printer

      • photo book pages
      • color proofs
      • art reproductions
      • posters
      • point-of-sale prints

      Digital Information's PP490 was built to work alongside the highly popular Epson Stylus Pro 4900 inkjet printer. Digital Information has promised to deliver the highest-quality double-sided printout up to DIN A2 or 17" x 22". This remarkable tool is perfect for anyone aiming to meet the highest-caliber of excellence in double-sided printed products that require automatic output on the front and back.

      The PP490 works with inkjet paper sheets. A intuitive pneumatic system picks up the sheets from a compartment which holds up to 500 sheets and transports each individual sheet to the printer. Once the impo-proofer has completed the first side of the sheet, the sheet is then turned around and fed back through the printer. Once both sides are completed the machine places the new printout into a tray for collection.

      Digital Infomations Double-Sided Imposition Proofer and Inkjet Printer

      The new Preproofer 7700, 7800, 7900, 9700, 9890 and 990 models ensure accuracy front and back using real-time video imagery. The new control system continuously governs and modifies the print using a 128 bit code printed on the side of the media by the first printer.

      For more information please contact us.


    • PANTONE Releases 336 More Colors

      PANTONE 336 New Colors

      336 More Reasons to Love PANTONE

      Click here to watch a video.

      As of April 24, 2012 PANTONE extended the range of colors in their graphics library from 1,341 to 1,677. PANTONE'S new 336 additional color choices provide a significant advancement to the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Color Library. There are significant color additions to to all the major color families within the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Color Library:

      • Verdant Greens
      • Rich Blues
      • Rich Purples
      • Vibrant Yellows & Oranges
      • Group of High-trending Naturals

      Here are a list of products that now include this new wide array of colors:

      Update Your Colors!

      PANTONE's additional colors wills be available as an update for 60 - 90 days. Owners of previous color guides will be able to easily update there PANTONE PLUS SERIERS Color Library.

      The PANTONE Portable Guide Studio with Forumla Guide Supplement

      The PANTONE Portable Guide Studio

      The PANTONE Portable Guide Studio contains the complete set of all PANTONE PLUS SERIES Guides:

      • PANTONE's full collection of solid and process colors
      • Dramatic neons
      • Lustrous metallics and soft pastels – in all
      • More than 9,000 market-proven colors in a stylish

      Also include the easy-to-take-along carrying case.

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    • Onyx ProductionHouse X10.2 and PosterShop X10.2 Has Been Released

      ONYX ProductionHouse X10.2

      Onyx ProductionHouse X10.2

      The Onyx ProductionHouse X10.2 is Onyx's premiere RIP (Raster Image Processor) software. Seamlessly create custom color media profiles and use a combination of inks and output devices such as grand-format, large-format and flatbed printers, as well as cutters.

      ProductionHouse X10.2 Promotion

      For a limited time when you purchase an Onyx ProductionHouse X10.2 you will receive a free i1 Basic Pro Spectrophotmeter. The i1Basic Pro is a professional spectral color measurement solution that's easy to use, and includes everything you need to create professional, custom profiles for your monitors. It also includes PANTONE Color Manager for managing digital color libraries and color picking.

      Promotion expires April 30th.

      ONYX ProductionHouse X10.2

      Onyx PosterShop X10.2

      The Onyx PosterShop X10.2 offers support for all your production printers allowing a singular and uniform approach to controlling color printing. Onyx PosterShop includes 2 wide format (up to 60in) print drivers out of the box, with the option to add extra printer licenses. Simplify printing in your shop with one RIP for all of your printers and get back to production!

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      WHAT’S NEW IN X10 BUILD 10.2

      1. Color Technologies

      New GCR Plus addition to ONYX’s PowerChroma™ Black Generation technology

      • Maintains Smoothness in Highlights while saving ink in shadow areas
      • Using ONYX’s PowerChroma™ technology users can save up to 30% in Ink use.

      “Vivid Color” gamut mapping

      • New option to build profiles with brighter tone mapping (more colorful) especially with mid to low gamut ink and media combinations

      Other Enhancements

      • Improved Balance CMY Gray
      • Improvements to CMYKOG and CMYKRGB separations (will effect new halftone modes for printers with these ink configurations.
      2. Better Spot Color Control

      Ability to replace name spot colors with device user defined ink combinations

      • Take full advantage of new printers with specialty ink and deliver unique and high impact images to clients
      • Automate User defined replacement with Color Filters and Quick Set for increase production efficiency
      • Will work with automated spot color replacement

      Easily identify all named spot colors in a file

      3. Better Multi-Page PDF file handling

      Submitting Multi-Page PDF files

      • Increase production times by processing multiple pages at one time (Requires more than one RIP License)
      • Streamline prepress to production handoff by honoring individual page sizes in PDF documents
      4. “Reduce Size to Fit” workflow option added to ONYX Quick Sets

      Reduce manual intervention by setting workflows to automatically reduce size to fit media

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